Ministry of Environment

Finfish Aquaculture Waste Control Regulation

Finfish Aquaculture Waste Control Regulation

The Finfish Aquaculture Waste Control Regulation (FAWCR) of the Environmental Management Act (EMA) provides the legal authorization for all finfish farms to discharge waste to the environment while ensuring that aquaculture wastes are managed in an environmentally sustainable manner. It is intended to be "performance-based" specifying required environmental criteria (e.g., specific standards at set distances from a net pen array). It includes provisions for registration with the Ministry of Environment, waste discharge standards, pre-stocking requirements, monitoring and reporting, remediation, fees, offences and penalties.

Current version of the regulation:

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Proposed Changes to the Finfish Aquaculture Waste Control Regulation (FAWCR)

The Ministry of Environment is presently reviewing the Finfish Aquaculture Waste Control Regulation with the goal of amending the regulation as part of a process of continual improvement of the standards regulating the aquaculture industry. An intentions paper detailing the proposed changes for the regulation was posted in October 2008. Comments were solicited for a period of 50 days. Below are the intentions paper and a summary of the comments received.

As part of the scoping phase for the review of the FAWCR, the ministry hosted a series of community meetings in Nanaimo, Prince Rupert, Campbell River, Tofino, Alert Bay and Port McNeill. The "Summary of Community Meetings to Discuss Proposed Changes to the Finfish Aquaculture Waste Control Regulation" provides a summary of the feedback received at these community meetings.

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Guidance Documents and Reports


UPDATED: MARCH 2009